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Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

Living á la Chanel

21.06.13 | Comment?

Number one privilege of being a superstar? Being allowed to privately tour the famously elegant Parisian apartment of Coco Chanel. Jealous much?!

Rihanna recently got the chance to see what it was like to live á la Chanel when in Paris early this month, and was taken on a private tour of the famous Rue Cambon address. And, in true Rihanna style, the tour is well-documented with looooaaads of pics, so check them out!!

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Photo: Instagram

I love Chanel as much as the next gal (still madly crushing over their boy bag) but, also like the next gal, I seriously cannot afford to buy any of their sweet gears. The bag I’m coveting is a cool $4,500!! Secondhand! Yep. However, I have scraped together some wam (walkin’ around money) to buy these two beauties:

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I know the second one is in a shameful state and in diiiiiiire need of an iron… Tbh, I’m far to afraid to put an iron anywhere near it!! (If anyone has a clothes steamer they wouldn’t mind me borrowing, gimme a holler!) I don’t know if you can see it well in the pic, but it has a tiny Chanel train crossing a bridge. Too cute.

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We have seriously tonnes of Coco Chanel materials here at the library. These are a few of my faves; I’ve told you about some of them before (I’m repeating on the Coco avant Chanel dvd ($4 for one week) because you really should watch it; it’s gorgeous):

Syndetics book coverMademoiselle : Coco Chanel summer 62 / photographs Douglas Kirkland ; text Karl Lagerfeld ; [edited by Gerhard Steidl].
“Through his introduction and captions to these photographs, we understand how important Chanel’s image has been to the success of the century-old French couture line.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanel : collections and creations : with 159 illustrations, 101 in color / Daniele Bott.
“A lush visual selection from the Chanel archive–essential reading for fashionistas and design aficionados everywhere.” (Syndetics summary)

 

Syndetics book coverChanel : couture and industry / Amy de la Haye.
“For almost a century, the name Chanel has been inextricably linked to elegance, modernity, and fashion innovation. It was Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) who single-handedly made striped jerseys and loose trousers chic, costume jewelry desirable, the little black dress the height of sophistication, and tweed suits a staple of every fashion-conscious woman’s wardrobe. In this beautifully illustrated book, drawing on the renowned collections of the V&A, fashion historian Amy de la Haye celebrates Chanel as the couturière who changed the way stylish women everywhere dress, then and now. She also examines the creative output of this most famous of fashion houses, from its infancy in the 1920s to the present day as it continues to prosper under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld.” (Syndetics summary)

Coco avant Chanel [videorecording] / a film by Anne Fontaine.
Years after being abandoned at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle Chanel finds a job in a tailor shop where she meets, and soon begins an affair with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Baron Balsan she is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to design her own style of hats. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan’s former best friend Arthur Capel.


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